Officials believe one person died in explosion that obliterated house

THORNTON, Colo. — Investigators says one person was inside a house in Thornton when a massive explosion destroyed it Thursday afternoon. That person has not been found and was believed dead.

The homeowner told police there was a vehicle at the house that indicated a person was inside at the time of the explosion.

The home, located at 13072 Monroe Drive, was obliterated, spraying debris more than a block away and showering pink insulation onto rooftops.

The Thornton Fire Department confirmed a structure fire in the area about 3:06 p.m., while witnesses reported feeling the ground shake and seeing a smoke plume at the same time.

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Neighboring homes showed signs of serious damage. Utilities and fire officials were trying to determine whether the explosion was caused by gas or something else.

Twenty firefighters responded, TFD said. A lingering fire was extinguished by 4:30 p.m.

Numerous roads in the neighborhood were closed.